Back in 1994, I began by PGCE at Oxford University. I was lucky to have a brilliant tutor, Brian Woolnough. He was an important academic: with Terry Allsop he wrote the key text Practical Work in Science. We respected him enormously.
The book was a review and analysis of science teacher’ practice – why we use practical work in science. My super-short summary is that we use practical work to:
develop practical skills and techniques;
be a problem-solving scientist;
get a ‘feel for phenomena’.
It was obvious that Brian was excellent in the classroom too. He was a showman and had an…
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